Lancashire have announced that they will be staying at Old Trafford and are planning a multi-million pound redevelopment of the ground. The club have been considering the option of moving to one of two sites, in either East Manchester or Wigan, but they are now remaining at their home of 149 years.
There is one final hurdle to cross with Lancashire's plans still dependent on the approval of Trafford Borough Council, who have a partnership with the club. The council are planning to move away from Trafford Town Hall, which is opposite the ground, and this has proved a driving force behind the push for redevelopment instead of a move.
The plans to modernise the ground are expected to cost in the region of 20million with work needed on the stands and facilities for the public. Jack Simmons, the chairman, said: "No-one is more pleased to be staying here than me. Today's news is fabulous."
Andrew Flintoff had also made his feelings clear about the idea of leaving Old Trafford, saying he wouldn't want Lancashire to be based anywhere else. Simmons added: "I know someone else who is delighted - and that is 'Freddie' Flintoff. He really wanted to stay here."
Lancashire's business committee chairman Michael Cairns said: "This is a stunning opportunity for us to get it right. It represents a full commitment by both parties to produce a cricket arena of outstanding quality."